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Escaping The Giant Wave

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The Worst Vacation Ever!

Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. Kyle's perfect vacation becomes a nightmare while he's babysitting his sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits the coast and starts a fire in their hotel. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?
Paperback, 151 pages
Published 2005 by Scholastic (first published 2003)
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Ben W.
Jan 25, 2012 Ben W. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is to easy to predict, you know what is going to happen even before it does. NO suspense is generated by this and i can't connect with the characters. It is to short and I finished it 3 days, this book may be a better for 8 year old people. These are the reasons that i gave it a one star review. BIG THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 28, 2008 Molly added it
i thought this book had a lot of adventure and peg kehret wrapped it up with a great ending.
Tyler Button
Jan 10, 2011 Tyler Button rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book. It was exiting, thrilling, and it allways keep me guessing whats going to happen next. Right when you think that you know whats going to happen next it twist up. This book was about a family of four. Mom, Dad, Daughter, And son. This family won a prize. This price was an Vaction trip to the coast line of oregon. The family was so exited to get an all free vaction to oregon. The family got on there flight one morning they where soo exited for this vaccton. Once they got ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Jaime Csorba
When Kyle and his family travel from Kansas to the Pacific Coast on their summer vacation, they never dreamed they would be living through one of the most destructive of natural disasters...a tsunami. Kyle was anticipating being far away from classmate Daren who bullies him relentlessly, but is horrified to find that Daren's family is also part of the same company outing that his parents have been invited to. Kyle and his sister BeeBee are left alone one night as their parents board the Elegant ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Petra rated it really liked it
I currently finished reading Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret. This book is about a brother and a sister on vacation that go through some tragic situations. First, while their parents were gone, an earthquake hits the hotel. Then the hotel caught on fire. After that, a tsunami comes and almost kills them.
I believe that this is a really good book, but there were some things that I didn't particularly like. For one, I don't think that Josie should have died! She saved their lives and defin
May 09, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Kyle, the main character wants Darren to stop bullying him. Darren has been bullying Kyle from kindergarten to 5th grade. Darren pushes, punches and says bad words to Kyle. He makes Kyle feel awful. Kyle doesn’t tell anyone because Darren’s bullying will get worse.
UNFORTUNATELY …Darren and Kyle are going to a vacation on the Oregon coast when they see each other there. Especially Kyle’s parents do not know this bullying situation is going on. To make things worse..Darren
Sophia Houle
Jul 29, 2011 Sophia Houle rated it it was amazing
Thirteen year old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He had never flown before, and he had never seen the Pacific Ocean.Kyle`s perfect vacation becomes a nightmare when he`s babysitting his eight year old sister, BeeBee. An earthqauke
hits the coast and starts a fire in their hotel. While fighting their way through smoke and flame, Kyle remembers seeing a sign at the beach that said after an earthquake everyone should go uphill and inland, as far
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It's interesting that this story, about surviving an earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the coast of Oregon, was written in 2003, before the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Most people, I'm sure, didn't know about the threat of earthquakes followed by tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest until documentaries about it came out in 2005 and after. Certainly I didn't. The details in the book matched what I've read and seen in documentaries, so the author did her homework. The story was suspenseful, and ...more
Mari Anne
Oct 21, 2011 Mari Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-ya
Another Kehret book that I think was good but not great. This one had a lot of interesting action but I thought there wasn't much character development. The author basically begins the story and throws you immediately into the action and then just as quickly wraps up the story. This formula probably works well for the intended audience (middle grades) but it is a little disconcerting to a more sophisticated reader. Great action book though that would probably appeal to boys and girls grades 3 - ...more
Lisa Nelson
Aug 01, 2012 Lisa Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children-s

I recently listened to this book in the car on a road trip with my kids. This was the first time we tried this and it made our ride all the more fun. It kept a 6, 9, 11 and 37 year old entertained and on the edge of our seats as we rambled down the highway. I think we even had a few tears mixed in there at the end. (Thankfully my 2 1/2 year old had Apple products to keep him happy.) This book is packed with nonstop action. We are grateful to The Global Reading Challenge and Julia for recommen
Paige Horrie
Escaping the giant wave is a very awesome book! If you like suspense this is definitely the book for you. Thirteen year old Kyle is definitely experiencing something he has never experienced before. Will this be the vacation of a lifetime or the vacation from a nightmare?? I recommend you read this book and any other Peg Kehret books! Also, i hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more reviews for Peg Kehret's books! ENJOY!
Nanci Booher
Mar 03, 2016 Nanci Booher rated it really liked it
I had never read Peg Kehret before (my apologies to Peg:-) and for the 2016-17 OBOB list, she has 2 books. This one is fiction--although I'm sure it could be close to non-fiction--about a family who takes a family vacation to the Oregon Coast. Nothing, however, could prepare Kyle for the earthquake and following tsunami that happens. I think that kids will like the suspense and action and see that even through the worst of times, something good can happen. (no spoilers here:-)
Jul 18, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, obob-2017
Fast-paces and quick read the if anything seemed a bit brief in spots. This also reads like a great survival handbook with general survival principles at play as the characters react to an earthquake and tsunami. This packed in some heart too with certain relationships. Highly recommended summer read, and a nice OBOB selection that will generate a ton of questions despite the shorter length.
May 30, 2016 Avalon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books, survival
This book portrayed the fictional experience of surviving an earthquake, fire, and Tsunami without your parents.
Jan 19, 2012 ༻☮Miranda☮༺ rated it did not like it
This was a really predictable book. I finished it basically as soon as I started! Personally, I would NEVER read this again unless made to.
Mar 17, 2014 Me added it
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Jan 18, 2017 Adrian rated it it was amazing
The book Escaping The Giant Wave is a great book by the author Peg Kehret. This book is a good action and adventure book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat wanting to read more. This book is another great book from the author Peg Kehret who is great at making these types of books. If you are the type of person who likes adventure then you will love this book. Escaping the Giant Wave is just about this family who goes to a hotel and then a huge tsunami hits them and they are trying to esc ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Reagan rated it it was amazing
Kyle goes on a vacation to the Oregon coast with his parents and Beebee, his sister. Most unluckily, Daren, the school bully is going with his parents to the same place. While they are there, they get caught in an earthquake while Kyle is babysitting Beebee, and their parents are out at sea! Then they hear a warning that a tsunami is coming! Can they get away safely without getting washed away?
This book is the best! I couldn't stop reading once I started because it was so interesting! You have g
Dec 22, 2016 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: obob
There was nothing spectacular about this except perhaps the fact that the main character was smart and sensible and kept his head in a crisis and didn't give in to peer pressure. I applaud him for that.
Carolyn Duran
Jan 10, 2017 Carolyn Duran rated it really liked it
Read for Oregon Battle of the Books 3-5th grade. While predictable, I thought it was a great adventure story for the age group.
Dec 24, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Another book recommended to me by my oldest grandson. It's always fun to read the things that interest them, and this book was no exception.
Oct 28, 2016 Amarú rated it really liked it
Very interesting,and engaging!! I really enjoyed this wonderful,exciting,and engaging book!!! It was very interesting and it felt like it was a true story.
Sophia R
Dec 13, 2016 Sophia R rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 4th graders +
This story has tension, emotion, and a beautiful storyline. Realistic, entertaining and I could read this over and over again.
Dec 31, 2016 Kari rated it really liked it
Two of Kehret's books are picks for 2016 OBOB. Giant wave is an informative and fast paced book about a Pacific NW tsunami and a siblings survival story.
Mason Olsen
Dec 30, 2016 Mason Olsen rated it really liked it
Cool that it was set in the Oregon Coast near where we live! Good tips to survive a Tsunami
Nov 20, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
OBOB 2017, book 10. Interesting, engaging story but I wish it were developed a bit more.
Oct 11, 2016 Avery rated it it was amazing
Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. Kyle's perfect vacation becomes a nightmare while he's babysitting his sister, BeeBee. An earthquake hits the coast and starts a fire in their hotel. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?
During the exposition of this story, Kyle was still in schhol. It was the end of the year and his teacher gave his class an assignment to achieve three goals over the summer. Kyle chose to try to raise his batting average to over .250, learn how to pop a wheelie on his scooter, get his parents to raise his allowance, and also he decided that he was going to make a boy named Daren Hazelton leave him alone. Daren was a bully that Kyle was in conflict with throughtout the story. So one day Kyle's p ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Sijal rated it it was amazing

After a while Kyle and Beebee experienced the second tsunami and it was harsh for several reasons. First, surviving without an adult is difficult. In addition, they were scared. For example, Kyle and Beebee were separated from their parents, and they were scared to die alone. These are the reasons why when Kyle and Beebee experienced the tsunami it was harsh for them.

To act like Kyle during a tsunami, will be the scariest thing that a person could experience during their life. First, the person
Nick Bilotti
Oct 24, 2014 Nick Bilotti rated it really liked it
Escaping the Giant Wave Review
In the marvelous novel Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret, you travel with the Davidson family from Kansas to the Oregon Coast. The Davidsons are your average lower class family taking their first real vacation for Mr. Davidson's work party. What the family didn’t know was that this was a vacation they would never be able to forget… But not for a good reason. While Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are on a luxury cruise boat in the Pacific Ocean, Kyle is forced to watch hi
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Peg Kehret writes middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She's won dozens of state children's choice awards, where kids vote for their favorite book.

When she was twelve, Peg was paralyzed with polio. Most of her protagonists are the age she was then.

A volunteer with animal rescue groups, three of Peg's books are co-authored by Pete the Cat."
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